Critical Notes

Roundup: Ron Rash, John Ashbery, Books on Online Dating, and More

By Mark Athitakis

Jim Carmin reviews Ron Rash's short-story collection Nothing Gold Can Stay for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Michael Lindgren delivers an appreciation of John Ashbery's The Dream Songs at the Rumpus.

Julia M. Klein reviews two books on online dating, Amy Webb's Data: A Love Story and Dan Slater's Love in the Time of Algorithms for the Boston Globe.

Robert Birnbaum interviews NBCC fiction finalist Ben Fountain for the Morning News.

Jane Ciabattari reviews Jamaica Kincaid's novel See Now Then for the Boston Globe.

Maureen Corrigan reviews James Lasdun's memoir Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked for

Colette Bancroft reviews Karen Russell's short-story collection Vampires in the Lemon Grove for the Tampa Bay Times.

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